Saturday, May 23, 2009

Life is good.

Got up this morning, it was raining. The thunder rumbled as I rolled out of bed. I headed to the den and finished writing checks and paying bills. We still have enough to make it to the next payday without having to sell our plasma.

Went to evil Wal-Mart and purchased a new rod and reel. I have all of my other ones stripped down ready to re-string. Made it down to the cabin and my brother and I took the pontoon out for just over an hour. Eighty-one degrees, plenty of sun but no breeze, the lake was a smooth a glass. He caught the first one but I caught the largest one. I caught two Large Mouth Bass about 15 inches long. He caught three smaller one and a Bluegill.

I have two more days to get in some more fishing.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Has it begun?

First the volunteers then those who are volunteered. Parents who don't want to be a burden on their children. Children who don't want to be burdened by their parents. Citizens with physical or mental defects sent there by the government, their care givers. Citizens who are told that they no longer qualify for the medical treatment that they need.

Will you look back in ten-twenty years and say, That crazy grouchy old man was right. Will I be around to tell you, I told you so?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Dems and your credit card

Congress wrapped up the legislation Wednesday on new credit card standards and sent it to President Obama, who is expected to sign it on Friday. The new rules are to protect consumers from rate increases and over limit fees. Sounds wonderful.

Generally the only way you get an increase in the interest rate is by not paying your bill on time. Usually over limit fees happen when only the minimum has been paid and you continue to use the card past it's allowable limit. The banks now will have to take on more risk as they can't charge the slow pays or no pays more than they do everyone who pays on time.

So how will they cover their increased costs? By charging the account holder who is doing everything right. Proposals range from monthly fees to no more airline miles to interest accruing from the date of the transaction (no grace period).

Who needs credit cards more? Those who are cash strapped. So who will be hurt the most by these proposals? The people the Dems love to say they are for, the poor. People with cash will just quit using the cards or be very selective of when they do. The poor need them to buy groceries and gas. If fewer people use the cards then the CC companies will lay off people. Do you think these will be executive positions or entry level? The people who cannot afford to lose their job will be the ones to go first.

Once again the Dems talk like they care but their actions show how short sighted they are. While making big business pay they are hurting the constituents they claim to care about.

Why belong to a club you don't agree with?

If you were black would you be part of the KKK? If you were Muslim would you attend the Catholic church? If you thought global warming was a joke would you work with Al Gore? Probably not. If you truly hold beliefs about something you couldn't be part of a group that didn't think like you.

So why do Jews vote Democratic and why did Catholics vote Obama into office? Catholics voted for Obama 54-45% in 08. A major belief of Catholicism is no abortion. Obama clearly is Pro Choice. How can you vote for a guy that doesn't hold the same ideal on this item? If you don't believe in the Pro Life stance why are you a Catholic?

A recent Gallup Poll showed 79% of Jews approved of Obama's job approval. As a Jew why would you vote for a party that has clearly shown over the years a disregard for Israel? Why would you vote for a party that wants Israel to weaken itself while being surrounded by enemies?

If you don't believe in the group you belong to on the most basic of issues why not join another group?


Put aside the tin foil and black helicopters and watch this post on youtube.

Can anyone give me a rational explanation for this?

$$ for minority owned broadcasters

House Dems are asking the Treasury Dept. for funds for minority owned broadcasters who are struggling. In a letter to Treasury Sec. Geithner they argue that minority-owned broadcasters are sound businesses, but that the recession could undermine the government’s efforts to diversify the airwaves. They are looking for continued access to capital to continue their otherwise fundamentally sound operations,the members write.

You can guess who is part of the letter. Charles Rangel, Barney Frank, Barbara Lee and Bobby Rush among others. My question is, if these are so fundamentally strong why do they need bailing out? Like every other business if it is a good idea with a good plan it can succeed. There are ups and downs all the time. These are business' that were barely making it when the economy was good. This is like saying "I have this great product that would have made me rich but the public was too stupid to realize its value".

Where do these bailouts stop?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Obama and abortion

In Obama's speech to Notre Dame he said the two sides of the abortion issue need to find some common ground. He said that we need to reduce abortions but make them safe.

Rush among others said it much better than I could but here goes. Why seek common ground? If the Pro-life side believes in their cause why would they OK abortions? If the Pro-abortion side is comfortable in their stand why would they want to limit abortions? By Obama's past votes he seems fine with abortions so why do we need to reduce them? If there is nothing wrong with an abortion either spiritually, mentally or physically why reduce them?

If they must be reduced then I can only conclude there is something wrong with them. He and his followers arguments that they are OK but we should cut back does not make any rational sense. But I guess when does a liberal argument make sense?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

09 Grads and where the jobs are

For the class of 09 things are a little bleaker than past years. Unemployment is up and large firms have cut back on hiring but there is a profession that will boom in the next few years if things continue the way the are.

Medicare and SS are in trouble. Health care is going to get a major tweaking and probably go the way of the European system. Government will run things and decide who gets what treatment. That being said the next booming profession will be morticians and grave diggers! When the old become too much of a drain on the US budget and push comes to shove where will the government be able to save money on health care? By denying heart transplants, hip replacements and many other assorted treatments needed by elderly for their quality of life. You have already heard the talk from some that abortion is good because it keeps the population down. Same goes for assisted suicide. To help Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and health care we need to let the people who are a drain on those resources pass on to the next life so the younger more vital citizens can thrive. Thus the funeral business will boom. It may not be glamorous but there will always be customers.